First time to travel overseas and it’s nerve-wracking, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it because it’s a new experience with my friends. Ever since Hey! Say! JUMP announced their ASIA TOUR last January, I’ve decided to cancel my Singapore plans and go to their concert in Hong Kong instead. The ticket sales opened last April 10 via HKTicketing and I’d like to thank Sachi (and Ate Ai) for the good seats! For the accommodation, we searched the Internet and ended up getting a hostel in Chungking Mansion at Tsim Sha Tsui.
May 25, 2012
My mom and little sister accompanied me until noon, while I wait for my friends (Sachi, Jessica, and Pau) to arrive. The shuttle bus we’ll ride to Clark Airport is at the back of SM Megamall Building A, so I stayed at Bubble Tea. Our flight to Hong Kong is around 7 P.M. via Tiger Airways, but it was combined with Sea Air.
If everyone’s wondering how is my first flight, it was okay. I used to travel for 2 hours to and from school, so the flight felt like a bus ride except for the engine sound, seat belt, and the view outside the window.
We arrived at Hong Kong around 9 P.M., met with another friend (Jhamii) at the arrival area, and rode a shuttle bus. When we arrived at our hostel, we had our dollars exchanged and went out for dinner. It was 12 midnight and most shops were already closed, so we settled with McDonalds. During our stay, a young Chinese crowd approached us and asked if we can greet their friend a Happy Birthday. Is it written on our face that we’re tourists? ww
May 26, 2012
The next day, we woke up at 8:30 A.M. and prepared to meet Jhamii, Jelou, and Pau at Starbucks. Yeah, we split into two groups.
We rode the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Kowloon Bay. Their MTRs are so cool — fast-paced, clean, and safe unlike the ones we have in the PH. After meeting at Starbucks in the MTR mall, we rode the shuttle bus to KITEC. Lots of teenagers were wearing lolita and Liz Lisa dresses. You can tell that they’re obviously fangirls. It’s as if everybody decided on a dress code. Meanwhile, here we are wearing Western-style clothing.
We met Saki, our online friend from Singapore, and saw a Takei Emi ad. No, we didn’t plan the Union Jack thing. I swear.
After getting our merchandises (concert goods), Sachi went to the concert hall to watch the 3 P.M. show. Jessica and I ate our lunch at Bentou and surprisingly, we met four Chinese fans! They approached us, thinking we’re Japanese. They can speak only a little Japanese and don’t know English. Good thing, Jessica knows Nihonggo. There’s a language barrier, but it was fun interacting with them.
After the 3 P.M. concert, we waited for Sachi at Starbucks. She told us everything that happened and gave us tips on what to put on our uchiwa (fan) apart from the boys’ names. Yabu Kota asked her during the MC part, but there’s this Okamoto Keito fan who keeps on calling Yabu thus our friend being ignored. Girl, show some manners.
We bought additional materials, went back to the hostel to leave our things, and went out again to visit the night market. We waited until Jhamii, Pau and Jelou finished watching the 8 P.M. concert. We roamed Mongkok until 12 midnight and rode a taxi on our way back. Afterwards, we had a Skype talk with our friend Kim until 2 A.M.
May 27, 2012
Our original plan for today was to meet our new found Chinese friends and go visit Harbor City, but they said they can’t come so we ended up roaming at Tsim Sha Tsui. Shopping time! Sachi and Jessica bought Gong Cha milk teas, then we ate at KFC for a late lunch. We went back to the hostel to change my boots and clothes.
I bought a Kokuhaku (Nishi Yukito and Hashimoto Ai) and Star Watching Dog (Kawashima Umika) VCD, a ViVi magazine for my college buddy, and a cute bear yellow top.
We went to KITEC at 5 P.M. to meet Saki, but we weren’t able to reach her because of communication reasons. Being in a foreign country without a local mobile phone number is difficult. We relied on Twitter for most of the time. Hooray, free Wi-Fi.
While waiting for the concert to start, some Chinese fans were giving out a blue cloth and a piece of paper. It states that we should sing “Star Time” after the encore. To my surprise, it seems that they supplied everyone with it. The concert hall turned blue because of this. HSJ went out again even if the concert ended already. They sang Star Time in a capella and waved their final goodbyes.
The concert was worth it. I was able to get a chuu (please blame my shameless uchiwa) from Arioka Daiki of HSJ and Kawai Fumito of A.B.C.-Z. During the MC part, Takaki Yuya and Okamoto Keito went down the stage to interview Jessica. Wow. The only thing that kept us apart was the barricade. I got a high-five from Hashimoto Ryosuke of A.B.C.-Z, too.
After the concert, we gathered around and started talking about our experiences. This is what you call pre-concert excitement, post-concert depression.
We went to Tsim Sha Tsui again until past 12 midnight. It was raining, so we decided to stop midway. We went back to our hostel, started packing up, and listened to Jessica’s Western playlist until 5 A.M. Jessica and Sachi decided to take a nap, while I listen to music. Unfortunately, I also passed out because the concert and packing was pretty tiring. I woke up at 5:45 A.M. — which is a good thing — or else we could’ve missed our 9 A.M. flight.
I bought souvenirs at the Disneyland shop before boarding. The couple nail cutters are for my college buddies, the pen and keychains are for my other friends, and the Lotso bear (he really smells like strawberries!) is for my little sister.
In conclusion, I’m happy about my first trip overseas. No nagging from parents on what time to come home, what to wear, and what to do. Experiencing a different kind of environment and being independent with friends. Bye bye, Hong Kong. It was nice meeting you. I will come back sooner or later. I promise.
P.S. I might get addicted to travelling. Hmm. What country should I visit next?